Aboard the NCL Joy

Panama Canal Cruise with Tour Director program October 9 – 24, 2020

You can earn your Certification aboard the NCL Dawn as a Tour Director in 2020! This will be the 12th program conducted by IGA aboard an NCL ship.

You have an amazing opportunity to sail on the Norwegian Dawn at a great price and earn a Tour Director Certification while on board. The program is conducted by Travel and Tourism industry experts. All are graduates of the International Guide Academy and currently working in the industry. They instruct you from years of working in the industry and current experiences.


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The 2020 annual program is aboard the Norwegian Dawn, sailing October 9 from Los Angeles. Ports of call are: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Mazatlan, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica; Daylight Transit of the Panama Canal; Cartagena, Colombia; and we disembark in Miami.

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15 day Panama cruise with 7 days at sea NCL Joy:

Prices are per person and includes taxes, port charges, and cost of traversing the Panama Canal ($455.46 per person).

Interior $1704 ($113 per day)

Window $2354 ($157 per day)

Balcony $2754 ($184 per day)

15-Day Panama Canal Explorer: Ocean to Ocean from Los Angeles

Day Cruise Ports Arrive Depart
Fri Los Angeles, California (EMBARK) 3:00 pm
Sat At Sea
Sun Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 10:00 am 6:00 pm
Mon Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 11:00 am 8:00 pm
Tue Mazatlán, Mexico 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed At Sea
Thu At Sea
Fri Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat At Sea
Sun Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Mon At Sea
Tue Daylight Transit Panama Canal
Wed Cartagena, Colombia 10:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu At Sea
Fri At Sea
Sat Miami, Florida (DISEMBARK) 7:00 am

Currently available are Balcony, Picture Window, and Interior berths available. Our pricing is at, or below, NCL pricing and includes US$195.63 in taxes and port charges.

Balcony  US$2754.62 

Picture Window  US$2354.62 

Interior  US$1704.62 

A 3rd person can be added to some cabins for only US$780.41. Please note: The 3rd person does not receive any of the NCL packages (if offered).

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Steve Knapp, “Such an amazing journey… On such a short trip! My experience during the International Guide Academy’s Tour Director class aboard the NCL Dawn was nothing short of Life-Changing! Not only did your instructors teach us all the mechanics of managing any tour… But more importantly, even as you highlighted your distinct differences, each of you modeled for us exactly “who” a Tour Manager really is! Each one is different, but all are amazing!

Words can not describe the amazing growth that I both witnessed and experienced in a mere two weeks time. For me, I found MY passion! For the rest of my life I could never ask for more than the opportunity to help others experience and appreciate the joy in their life. Could there be anything better than getting paid to help someone have the best time of their life? Two weeks ago I could only imagine being an International Tour Director. Today… I can’t imagine being anything else! With the greatest of admiration, respect and gratitude I would like to thank you all for helping guide me along this path of amazing growth and opportunity!”

Now is the time to experience an amazing cruise while earning your Tour Director Certification. Your 2020 International Tour Director Certification Program is scheduled for October 9 – 24 October 2020. (15 days, 14 night cruise) while aboard the Norwegian Joy. Classes on the ship are conducted only during the days you are at sea. You have no classes while in any of the ports-of-call. The cruise begins Los Angeles (San Pedro) and ends in Miami.

There are 7 full days of class while we are at sea, beginning at 07:30 a.m. and ending 18:00 p.m. They are conducted in a private meeting room. Outside of classroom hours you are free to participate in all ship activities.

Please note: You will be spending some time in individual and small groups for study and preparation as well as four to five hours on a motor coach upon leaving the ship in Miami. Many of the assignments can be completed prior to the start of the cruise program. Of course, all meals, entertainment, ports-of-call, etc. are available to the students and guests.

*Solo Travelers: You are in luck! No mandatory single supplements. We provide free roommate matching – unless, of course, you would prefer a single cabin which you can purchase.

Students willing to share will be assigned a student roommate. Two (2) students per cabin is the norm. The Certification/Cruise program(s) offered by the International Guide Academy has always been popular with single travelers because of the congenial atmosphere of our small group and the caring, professional services of our instructors throughout your entire journey. You can, of course, choose to pay the single supplement and not share the cabin. Should you have sleeping habits or other planned activities that would interfere with the enjoyment of the cruise, or interfere with the ability of your cabin mate to complete the certification program in a satisfactory manner, it is your responsibility to bring this concern to our attention prior to your enrollment.

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Your Embarkation: Friday 9 October 2020. You need to be on board the ship no later than two hours prior to scheduled sailing time.

Your Disembarkation: Saturday 24 October 2019, a motor coach tour with students narrating and finishing at MIA airport with expected arrival time at airport of 16:00. All members of the group (students, instructors, guests) can utilize this transportation to MIA airport.

Ports of call: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Mazatlan, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puntarenas (Puerto Calderal), Costa Rica; Daylight Transit of Panama Canal; and Cartagena, Colombia.

15-Day Panama Canal Adventure

Enrollment is now open for this program. We suggest enrolling as soon as you can make an informed decision for this 2019 program. With this great itinerary, and incredible pricing, we are filling berths in order of receipt of enrollment. Call now and we will accept your enrollment and payment over the phone. 303-780-0131

Space is limited and based on availability. This cruise with NCL, and certification program by IGA, is capacity controlled, subject to availability and will be closed for enrollment when maximum capacity in the program is reached.

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Students and guests must have a valid passport, with at least 6 months before expiration past 2 November 2019, to board the ship.  Non-USA students and guests are responsible to insure that they have the proper visas for all countries being visited if needed.

In the event you enroll in this class and cruise, and then withdraw from the class, it is understood your cruise portion will also be cancelled along with any guest(s) you included as part of the group contract.

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Students and guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their Norwegian ship or from entering a country and may be subject to fines. No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation.

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